I spent day two in Palm Springs focusing on the nearly 700 hounds that showed up for today’s Inland Empire Hound Club of Southern California.  For a dog show junky like me it was overwhelming to watch 118 Rhodesian Ridgebacks, 74 Whippets, & 35 Irish Wolfhounds go through their paces.

I was there all day from 8:00 AM to almost 6:00 PM, when they brought up the lights & brought down the temperatures.  Judge David Peat and the gallery were treated to a spectacular Hound Group that included several of 2011’s top dogs.  The one that impressed him enough to go BIS was the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel. Rounding out the placements were the Borzoi, GCH CH Aashtoria Wild Hunt Hidden Agenda, the Norwegian Elkhound, GCH CH Vin-Melca’s The Norseman, and the Bloodhound, GCH CH Quiet Creek’s Kiss and Tell.

Chanel and handler Lori Wilson finished 2011 as the Number One Whippet, all systems, the Number One Hound, both in all breed dogs defeated and in Hound Groups won, and the Number Seven Dog All Breeds, collecting a record 35 all breed BIS & an amazing 130 Hound Groups. Our congratulations to Lori and breeders/owners Lori & Carey Lawrence. Chanel will be one of my picks for next month’s Westminster Kennel Club Show. And did I mention that there is another Starline’s Whippet waiting in the wings to continue the legacy that Chanel built? Look for GCH CH Starline’s French Kiss this Spring.

As much fun as I have had these last two days visiting all the limited breed shows and specialties, tomorrow starts the real competition, the race to grab over 3000 points and catapult the winner into the early lead in the Top Ten All Breeds. If you are in Palm Springs, look for me on the show grounds. I will be the guy that looks like a short, fat version of Colonel Sanders. If you are not able to make it here to Palm Springs, check my blog Dog Show Poop for all the show results from around the country and then visit me here at Best In Show daily for The Back Story